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Jan 6, 2013 5:30pm PST
. president obama is back from his vacation tonight and fresh off the fiscal showdown, he is already girding for what's expected to be the next political showdown. tonight, nbc news can confirm he will wade right back into the fray tomorrow by nominating former senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. at face value, the pick of a longtime republican lawmaker for the job could be seen as a rare act of bipartisanship in a sharply divided town. but tonight, opponents on both sides of the aisle are sharpening their claws for what could be a testy confirmation fight. nbc white house correspondent peter alexander joins us from washington now with more. hello, peter. >> reporter: lester, good evening to you. with the fiscal cliff crisis barely in our rearview mirror, the white house's decision to pick chuck hagel as secretary of defense is likely to ignite a contentious confirmation battle. congress is out of session this week, but already, talk of the pick is generating stiff opposition. fresh off his hawaiian vacation, president obama is already facing heated debate over his
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Jan 10, 2013 5:30pm PST
house for us tonight. kristen, thanks. >>> president obama today formally nominated his chief of staff, jack lew, to be the next treasury secretary. as the second-term churn gets under way now. though it looked for a time like the president might nominate susan rice to be his next secretary of state, when that didn't happen, this latest wave of nominees appear to have something in common. and as nbc's andrea mitchell reports tonight, people are noticing. >> reporter: it is the white house photo that could be called all the president's men. adviser valerie jarrett is there, we're told, hidden behind the guys. as president obama filled his top cabinet post with nominees named jack and chuck and john -- >> it's time for me to move on. >> reporter: -- it was like "mad men" goes to washington, except peggy leaving ruth marcus. >> whatever white guy becomes chief of staff, i think it's actually kind of interesting that there are two women who are deputy chiefs of staff and no one has talked about them as possibilities at all. >> reporter: one of the two deputies, nancy ann deparle, a h
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Jan 9, 2013 4:00am PST
unpopular war. president karzai has a four day meeting with president obama that starts next week. >> so sobering news from the national oceanic and atmospheric administration. 2012 was the hottest year on record in the lower 48 states. with an average temperature at 55.3 degrees. now that shattered the previous record set in 1998 by a full degree while the majority of the country saw above average temperatures including las vegas and boise, cities like los angeles and seattle saw below average readings. 2012 was the second worst year for extreme weather events. human activity especially the burning of fossil fuels is contributing to changes in the u.s. climate. >>> today, the debate over what to do over gun violence continues in washington with the launch of vice president's biden's task force. yesterday, gabrielle giffords marked the two-year anniversary of the shooting which she narrowly survived by joining the call for more action. nbc's tracie potts joins us live with the details. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: richard, good morning. congresswoman giffords marking the occasion w
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Jan 7, 2013 12:00am PST
victory with narrow republican support, president obama pleas for bipartisanship on rest of his second-term agenda sbut anyone on capitol hill listening? ready for a run? hillary clinton's home and ready to return to work. is she as ready to mount a run for president? with the travel and stress that would entail? and finally, for the -- 40 years since roe v. wade. the supreme court found a constitutional right to abortion but with states with republican governors there are new barriers to reduce abortion . i'm andrea mitchell. chris is away this week and welcome to the show. with us today "the washington post's" bob woodward. gloria borger. joy reed from msnbc and "time" michael duffley. while most were gratified congress had acted to avert a financial ca taste raef most were discouraged by all the drama. many have been calculating the tax hit they will take under the new law. the president is calculate, the degree of difficulty he faces ahead. >> we is k settle this debate. or at the very least not allow it to be so all consuming all the time. >> let's talk about this. the president w
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Jan 7, 2013 6:00am PST
washington for inauguration day this year. 800,000 people are expected to watch as president obama takes the oath of office for the second time on january 21st. that's down from 2 million people who watched his first inauguration four years ago. >>> we now know who the top two bidders are in the fight to buy wonder bread and other hostess bread brands. flower foods and bimbo are in talks. the brands could go for $350 million. bimbo include thomas english muffins and flower foods includes the brand nature's own. hostess announcing in november it was shutting down its business and selling off bread, snacks and cake brands. >>> 6:14. apple is making its tablets smaller. >> but another is making them bigger. >> yeah. don't want to get too technical here on how big these are. we call it ginormous. they have announced a new tablet it calls the horizon. look at this promotional video. you want a big tablet, they have a big tablet. in fact, drop the t off tablet and you have a table. this thing is 17 pounds. now, this was announced at ces, the consumer electronic show in las vegas. got under way las
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Jan 12, 2013 7:00am PST
from around the state are expected to attend as the obama administration talks about new gun control laws after the deadly newtown school shooting. >> our attendance has roughly doubled, in some cases more than doubled as people, as guns are in the news and people are concerned about their second amendment rights going forward. >> we don't see any action or change. >> reporter: richard is concerned about the gun shows contributing to local violence. >> you have those individuals that go out and buy guns for cheap at the gun shows and bring them to the community, and sell them for more. >> reporter: richard has been fighting for a ban on gun shows at the state-run cow palace for years. >> meanwhile the gun show keeps coming back. >> reporter: state senator mark leno is in the fight. >> after five years of effort we got the bill to arnold schwarzenegger's desk and he vetoed it. >> reporter: leno and richard aren't giving up. with a different governor in office and a new national view on gun violence, leno is willing to try again. >> i think the time is right. >> reporter: richard is ho
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Jan 10, 2013 11:00am PST
. >>> plus google chairman eric schmidt speaks out in north korea. and president obama just a minute ago nominated jack lew as treasury secretary. we'll take a look at both issues coming up in business. [ male announcer ] pillsbury grands biscuits. delicious. but say i press a few out flat... add some beef sloppy joe sauce... and cheese fold it all up and boom! i just made an unbeatable unsloppy joe pillsbury grands biscuits. let the making begin. that's been wrapped in a flaky crust stuffed with a gooey center toasted up all golden brown then given a delicious design? a toaster strudel. pillsbury toaster strudel. so delicious...so fun. >>> nominations for the 85th annual academy awards announced this morning in beverly hills. >> hosts seth macfarlane and emma stone announced the nominees. "lincoln" was the clear winner, receiving 12 nominations, including best picture, best director and best actor, nods for daniel day lewis, sally fields and tommy lee jones. >> "life of pi" came away with 11 nominations. >> here's a complete list of the nominees for best picture. beast of the southe
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Jan 4, 2013 6:00pm PST
package easily passed in the senate this afternoon. president obama is expect ed to sign it. northeast lawmakers have been furious at the length of time it's taken to approve funding. it's been over two months since that storm hit. >>> a symbol of strength and courage arrived in newtown, connecticut, today. gabrielle giffords and her husband, astronaut mark kelly, met with the victims' families this afternoon. 20 students and six staff members were killed at sandy hook elementary. next tuesday will be the second anniversary of the tucson shooting massacre which left giffords partially blind and paralyzed. it's official, barack obama is our next president. today congress officially counted the electoral college votes. president obama captured 332, more than the 270 needed to win. as for the popular vote, obama also won with that. 51% of the vote. mitt romney with 47%. jess? >> thank you very much, janelle. still ahead, turning the bridge into a work of art. how crews are adding hundreds of thousands of lights to the bay bridge and when you can expect to see the final product. >>> and go
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Jan 10, 2013 5:00am PST
tahoe area ski resort after the death of a young boy. >>> an unusual controversy over president obama's apparent pick for treasury secretary. we'll take a look at business news. ♪ ♪ i'm halfway to your heart ♪ you have to let me know ♪ so i don't make my worst mistake ♪ ♪ turn around and let you go [ female announcer ] when sweet and salty come together, the taste is irresistible. made with sweet, smooth peanut butter and salted, roasted peanuts. sweet and salty nut bars by nature valley. nature at its most delicious. (woman) 3 days of walking to give a break cancer survivor a lifetime-- that's definitely a fair trade. whoo! you walk with friends, you meet new friends, and you keep those friendships. it was such a beautiful experience. (jessica lee) ♪ and it's beautiful ♪ undeniable (woman) why walk 60 miles in the boldest breast cancer event in history? because everyone deserves a lifetime. visit the3day.org to register or to request more information and receive a free 3-day bracelet today. ♪ building up from deep inside it was 3 days of pure joy. susan g. komen's inv
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Jan 10, 2013 12:35am PST
obama's inauguration will be "faith in america's future." which is proof that no one in the white house has ever seen "here comes honey boo boo." [ laughter ] actually, president obama's team is promising special perks for donors who give at least $1 million to the inauguration. which is cool, but, you know what else can get you a lot of perks? keeping that $1 million. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] hey, $1 million -- that's a perk right there. >> steve: hey. >> jimmy: to throw around $1 million? speaking of obama, today, the president hosted a screening of nbc's white house comedy, "1600 penn," which centers on a goofy guy who keeps embarrassing the white house. or as joe biden put it, "why's everyone looking at me?" [ laughter ] here's a big story. lance armstrong will sit down for a 90-minute interview with oprah that will air next week. [ audience oohs ] 90 minutes -- so, it'll be a little suspicious when he finishes in just 60 minutes. [ laughter ] what happened? i don't believe it. >> steve: that's nuts. >> jimmy: what did you say? >> steve: what's that? >> jimmy: what
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Jan 10, 2013 6:00pm PST
about the pinnacles national monument. today, president obama signed a bill making pinnacles the newest national park. how about that? here's the map. just in case you don't know where it is, located just south of salinas, famous for caves and volcanic rock formations and thriving condor population. today it became the atth national park. with that said, you can expect a huge spike in attendance. each year about 200,000 people visit pinnacles compared with the nearly 4 million people hop converge on yosemite every year. get there early because traffic will build up now that the word is out. >> it is a beautiful area. let's check on the bay area where it's going to be cold. >> yeah, that's right. the mercury already dropping. a lot of the rainfall moving out. throughout the grapevine, the southern end of the san joaquin valley, interstate 5 closed for a time throughout today due to heavier snow. that starting to break up. if you have family or friends traveling that way, at least the snow is starting to lessen up. looks like the worst is over but those roads remain very slick. bac
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Jan 11, 2013 6:00am PST
study which its own authors say is inaccurate was the basis for the obama administration's multibillion dollar push for modernizing hospital medical records. where can you save money? today is the first day walmart will sell you an iphone 5 with no contract. $45 a month for unlimited data, talk and text. that's a great deal. i can't speak for coverage. it's through walmart's straight talk service. make no mistake. the iphone 5 is not cheap. it will cost you about $650. the calculation is overall savings is about $1,000 a year. >>> san francisco facing controversy this morning over its decision to pull an award at the consumer electronics show for dish network's new hopper device that allows recording of tv shows. in a press release it says it was asked to pull the award by the parent company cbs, which is suing dish over that same service. dish responded with this statement. we're saddened that staff is being denied the editorial independence because of cbs's heavy handed tactics. >>> jim mcafee back in the news this week. this weekend one of my guests lived with mcafee at
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Jan 4, 2013 12:35am PST
, president obama used a device called the autopen to sign the fiscal cliff bill because he was in hawaii. and after -- after he used the autopen, obama said -- [ auto tuned ] ♪ this is a great day for america and for america's future ♪ [ cheers and applause ] i don't know why he would say that, but -- hey, here's some oscar news. you guys excited about the oscars? [ cheers ] well, i heard that older members of the academy are having trouble submitting their oscar votes this year because for the first time, they are voting online. yeah. but the good news is that "les mis" has gotten a lot of votes for best picture. the bad news is most of them were typed into a microwave. [ laughter ] 30 seconds and someone's going to win. popcorn? i never heard of the movie "potato." [ laughter ] who is defrost? >> oh, i love this. >> jimmy: i just read, you guys, that gyms around the u.s. are reporting a 30% rise in membership since new year's day, and it's true. this morning at the gym, i saw tons of people i had never seen before. yeah. turns out they've worked there for years. [ laughter ]
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Jan 8, 2013 11:00am PST
? >> exactly. >> check back with you in a minute. thank you, christina. >>> president obama meets with leon panetta today. but it's the man he wants to replace panetta who could stir up things on capitol hill. nbc bay area's traciepotts has more on how the cia could prompt the next big fight among lawmakers. >> reporter: protests outside the white house questioning whether john brennan spoke out loudly enough against controversial interrogation tactics. that's why brennan dropped out last time he was considered to head the cia. this time he's courting both sides. >> although i consider myself neither a republican nor a democrat, i very much look forward to working closely with those on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: but brennan's confirmation may not be as tough as chuck hagel's for secretary of defense. >> mr. president, i will always give you my most honest and most informed -- >> as a successful businessman, he also knows even as we make tough fiscal choices, we have to do so wisely. >> reporter: republicans and democrats are concerned hagel is soft on iran and too to have on our
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Jan 9, 2013 5:00pm PST
why does it concern president obama. it's all about the cabinet member. he will be responsible for domestic, economic and tax policy as well as managing the public debt. lou's signature will be displayed on the newly printed paper money and there in lies the issue. he thought doctors had illegible signature, look at this, this cork crew series of loops, that is how it would work on dollar bills that end up in the wallet. it's believed that lou will have to update his signature as did his predecessor. >>> in health matter, you cannot see it, but it can give you valuable information about the medication you are taking. the first ever edible bar code system, developed right here in the bay area. i'm not sure it looks so tasty. >> it's invisible. but the true tag technology demonstrated it for us today it's fascinating how it works. they found a way to put a bar code full of information on a tinny pill, and they are coated with a special dust, encoded with a unique color combination, that is the edible bar code, a scanner can look at the pill and determine whether it's authentic and wh
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Jan 11, 2013 4:00am PST
meeting today with president obama about troop levels. in advance of that he met with secretary of state hillary clinton about handing off security responsibility to afghan forces by 2014. at one point secretary clinton joked about secretary panetta's plans to retire to his walnut farm in california. >> secretary panetta, in addition to his many years of service, is at heart about walnuts. >> clinton and panetta had a private dinner with karzai at the state department. >>> new information about last year's secret service scandal involving prostitutes in colombia. according to a justice department investigation obtained by nbc news, two drug enforcement agents facilitated a sexual encounter between a prostitute and secret service agent just days before the president's visit in april. agents evidently tried to destroy incriminating information or initially lied to investigators about the incident. the case has been referred to the dea. >>> louisiana governor bobby jindal has declared a state of emergency after a severe weather system rolled across the state. security cameras at an in
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Jan 11, 2013 6:00pm PST
. president obama gives an update on america's exit strategy in afghanistan. why a high school student opened fire on his classmates coming up in the world tonight. >>> i'm sam brock. california's budget will have two years, just pools of red ink but an optimistic governor says our deficit is gone. if only the numbers backed up his case. [ crickets chirping ] [ traffic passing ] ♪ [ music box: lullaby ] [ man on tv, indistinct ] ♪ [ lullaby continues ] [ baby coos ] [ man announcing ] millions are still exposed to the dangers... of secondhand smoke... and some of them can't do anything about it. ♪ [ continues ] [ gasping ] >>> after years of steep cuts and grim economic news california has finally eliminated its debt and has a budget surplus. or do we? >> governor brown unveiled his new budget and to the surprise of many declared a breakthrough. no deficit for 2014. in tonight's reality check sam brock discovers were the optimism and numbers may not hold water. sam? >>> do you recall the measure prop 30? the tax hike he pled with californians to pass. so it stands to reason that
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Jan 6, 2013 7:00am PST
for it. our families and businesses cannot afford that dangerous game again. >> president obama also says he's looking forward to working with new congress to continue to boost the economy and shrink federal deficits. >>> president obama's 2008 election campaign was fined by the federal elections commission and it's one of the largest fines ever levied. the s.e.c. fined the campaign $375,000 for failing to report the identities of donors who contributed $2 million in the final weeks before the election. the fines followed an s.e.c. audit after complaints by the republican national committee and other groups. >>> we've got lots more ahead for you on "today in the bay." coming up, it's one of the island's newest treasures. the one major problem that's threatening this treasure island statue. >>> and in san francisco, you've got the clouds, but the rain for the most part is to the south. some rain is still falling in san jose. we'll let you know how long the rain will be part of your sunday forecast when we come right back. >> announcer: you are watching "today in the bay." >>> 7:14 is
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Jan 6, 2013 8:00am PST
, a new congress. washington is getting back to work as president obama ended his hawaii vacation and members of the 113th congress were sworn in earlier this week alongside their families. spirits high, but the battle lines for the tough fights ahead are already being drawn. chief among them whether congress will vote to raise the country's debt ceiling. shortly after lawmakers reached a down to the wire deal on taxes to pull the country back from the fiscal cliff earlier this week, the president tried to preempt the debt limit showdown by firing a warning shot at republicans. he reiterated that call yesterday. >> one thing i will not compromise over is whether congress should pay the tab for a bill already racked up. the congress refuses to give the united states the ability to pay its bills on time, the results for the global economy could be catastrophic. >> congress has vowed to use the upcoming votes to get more spending cuts to entitlement programs like medicare. some are threatening a government shutdown. in a moment, we'll talk to alan simpson and erskine bowles about whe
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Jan 11, 2013 7:00am PST
. the president of the nra is ace speaking out, accusing the obama administration of attacking the second amendment. second >> they made it very clear thate the president's position on pr firearms and on the so firearms and the so-called assault weapons ban and the like had been the same position that he's t he has taken for many years and that they're going to stick with ng to that. stick with >> reporter: sharp words came after the vice president earlier in the day previewed his presi earlier in the day previewed his upcoming report. upcoming repo >> there's an emerging set of tg recommendations. set of i'm going to focus on the ones that relate that relate primarily to gun ownership, what type of weapons ownership, the type of can be owned.ns that can be owned, and one is there is a a there is a surprising -- so far, a surprio surprising recurrence of surprf suggestions that we have suggese universal background checks. >> reporter: meanwhile the ckgr. president is coming under the president is scrutiny this week after naming scrutiny this week after naming jack jack lew as treas
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Jan 3, 2013 6:00pm PST
something big because they milestone today in obama care. california became the first state to get approval for healthcare exchanges. ktvu's health and science editor john fowler joins us now to explain who benefits and how much it will cost. >> reporter: remember covered california, it will be good news for millions. 6million californians, a million in the bay area have no health insurance. she can't afford coverage. >> i think i have to pay $150 a month and that is still half my check. >> reporter: he byes health insurance -- buys health insurance privately. >> pinches the check. there have been months i have been unable to meet my payment. >> reporter: california can create a healthcare market place. >> this is the biggest change in decades. >> reporter: she says it benefits low income people. >> they will have an option where they can potentially get coverage. >> reporter: the state health exchange is to select 5-6 plans. each with its own network. giving consumers an affordable choice. low income families could get insurance for $22 a month. all would pay just $20 a month if t
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Jan 6, 2013 6:00am PST
. >>> president obama is headed back to washington after wrapping up his vacation in hawaii. there is a new congress waiting for him in the capital. the nation's capital. will they have the same old problems? david gregory is moderator of "meet the press". good morning. >> good morning, carrick qaa. >> the first fight is a familiar one, the debt ceiling. when you look at this new congress, what will we see when it plays out? also a familiar scenario? >> well, i think there's so much division within the republican party. when you look at reaction to this fiscal cliff bill, a temporary measure and you see how it has torn the republican party apart, it begs the question what is going to change when it comes to the debt ceiling. the president state aid red line say he will not negotiate the debt ceiling. in 2011 they finally got a deal. america's credit rating was downgraded with them playing chicken one side on the other. he will be locked in with republicans over spending. now that they have given on the tax part of this there are so many fights ahead. >> when we look at future deal makin
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Jan 8, 2013 6:00pm PST
association was invited to meet with the obama administration on thursday including vice president joe biden. biden is heading an anti-gun violence task force in the wake of the newtown tragedy. the white house says the nra is one of many groups that will attend that meeting. >>> overseas, the only suspect jailed in connection with the attack on the consulate in benghazi has been freed. the attorney for 28-year-old said he was released because of lack of evidence. he was arrested back in october and held in his native country of tunisia. on september 11, militants attacked the consulate and killed four americans including u.s. ambassador and bay area native chris stevens. three of the five men charged with gang raping and beating to death a young woman in india are expected to plead not guilty. that is the advice they've been given by their attorneys. all five men are in court this week accused of attacking a student as she was riding the bus. there are reports that two of the suspects might testify against the other three in a deal to escape the death penalty. a sixth suspect is being tried
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Jan 7, 2013 4:00am PST
>> good morning. coming up another showdown is brewing in washington as president obama prepares to name his pick for the next secretary of deaf. today new details in the case against james holmes in the case of the movie theater shooting that killed 12 people at a colorado theater. plus hillary clinton gets back to work. what prince charles worries about. and a kangaroo on the loose. where else but australia. "early today" starts right now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> a very good morning to you. the white house confirmed today president obama will announce former nebraska senator chuck hagel as secretary of defense. it will be a rough road to confirmation for the vietnam vet who outspokenly posed the iraq war. meanwhile white house officials tell nbc news that mr. obama will also nominate his counterterrorism adviser, john brennan as the next cia chief. we're just learning that. tracie potts has more from washington on both nominations for us this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. the brennan announcement we just got early this
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Jan 4, 2013 5:00pm PST
signed by president obama. >> it's official, barack obama won the presidency in november. it happened just today, the final votes were counted. it's a constitutional formality, the electoral college votes were counted, 332 for president obama and 206 for governor romney. when it comes to the popular vote, we did learn history was made today. president obama won more than 50% of the total vote, that marks the first time since president eisenhower was re-elected that the president has won more than half of the popular vote twice. >>> and take a look at this picture, it's of the historically large number of women in congress. but it's been doctored. san francisco congress woman nancy pelosi admitted to photoshoping four of the congress women, they were running late, and she defended saying it was a accurate historical record of who the democratic women of congress were. they were late so they added the fo four later. >> they do that. they have the technology to do that and jeff has the technology to forecast the weather. and it felt a couple degrees warmer. >> thank you, it was
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Jan 9, 2013 4:30am PST
representatives from the entertainment and video game industry. president obama created the gun task force in response to the newtown, connecticut shooting massacre last month. >> happening in washington today, supreme court arguments on forced blood tests for drunk drivers. the high court deciding if the test constitutes an unreasonable search. the case stems from missouri where prosecutors argue tests are needed because alcohol dissipates quickly in the body. opponents on the other side argue police need a search warrant for blood tests on dui suspects. >> same sex marriage will take center stage at one of the prominent churches. church leaders from the washington national cathedral announced they will perform same sex marriages as an opportunity to break down barriers. the first ceremony could take place within six months. the 105-year-old cathedral has long been a main stay in washington, d.c. hosting presidential inaugural services and state funerals. >> it's 4:49. coming uh, the new tv show aside from "today in the bay" that's caught the eye of president obama. we'll have it for you nex
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Jan 7, 2013 11:00am PST
. >>> battle brewing on capitol hill now that president obama named former senator chuck hagel out of nebraska for his pick for secretary of defense. the announcement marking one of two potential controversial nominations by the president this afternoon. danielle leigh is in washington and has the latest. >> reporter: president obama officially launched a fight with his pick for secretary of defense, former nebraska senator, chuck hagel. >> willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular, even if it defied the conventional wisdom. that's exactly the spirit i want on my national security teen. >> reporter: the republican is known as an independent thinker. >> certainly a thorn in the side of political opponents of the president. >> reporter: now haigle is facing criticism from his former republican colleague norse criticizing you the war in iraq, opposing unilateral sanctions against iran and making comments seen by some as anti-israel. gay rights advocates are also critical. 14 years ago, hagel called the u.s. ambassador nominee openly aggressively game he has since apologize
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Jan 4, 2013 4:00am PST
breaks but you and i are still going to pay more. >>> president obama enjoys shaved ice. joe biden puts his foot in his mouth yet again. and the sharks are circling. and what show is not complete without a cow that looks like a horse. "early today" starts right now. this is "early today" january 4th, 2013. >>> good morning, i'm mara schiavocampo. the december jobs report will be released today and in spite of the challenges of the fiscal cliff and hurricane sandy, economists are predicting 150,000 new jobs. that will remain at 7.7% unemployment. nbc's tracie potts is in washington with more on this. >> reporter: mara, good morning. holiday hiring and shopping could also have some play into all that. we'll know in about an hour and a half what those new job numbers look like. 150, 160,000 new jobs is what we're hearing. but the jobless rate 7.7% expected to stay about the same. there are a number of things we do know that could have some impact here, adp says private job growth was about 215,000 in the last month. weekly unemployment claims up about 10,000. we also now know retail sales
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Jan 9, 2013 11:00am PST
relatively unused law enforced from now on. >>> and president obama's taking a time-out today to watch a little tv. why he might recognize what he's seeing on the screen. >>> feeding birds and squirrels out in the open in san francisco could soon cost you. bay area animal watchdog groups want city leaders to strongly enforce its law banning that practice. currently anyone caught feeding wild animals in san francisco faces a $187 fine, but activists say it's rarely enforced. it says feeding wild animals could spur a population explosion or lead to aggressive behavior toward people. the city is addressing the issue by launching an educational campaign. >>> all right. my favorite story of the day. he's not a lion, but he certainly looks like one. one virginia dog triggered 911 calls while out on a walk. take a look. this is charles the monarch. he's a labradoodle with an interesting cut. recently police in norfolk, virginia, responded to calls about a lion on the loose. the local paper says officers even called the local zoo to make sure everything was okay. it was. it turned out to be go
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Jan 11, 2013 12:35am PST
news. let's get political. president obama recently came under fire from republicans over the lack of diversity in his cabinet. then obama said, "you guys know i'll be there, too, right?" [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] speaking of the president, obama's nominee for treasury secretary, jack lew, is facing criticism because his signature, which will appear on the dollar bill, is completely illegible. look at his signature. this is real. [ laughter ] in response lew is, like, "i will fix this, or my name isn't --" [ laughter ] have you guys heard about this al roker story? i don't know what -- i guess this week he admitted to pooping his pants at the -- i'm not joking about this. he admitted -- [ light laughter ] he admitted to pooping his pants at the white house. [ light laughter ] a true story. he really did. after undergoing gastric bypass surgery. i guess he pooped his pants. [ light laughter ] that's just awful. but he's got it under control now, i guess. but a lot of people are shocked. but we got a hold of his weekly to-do list and it seems like this is something he sort of
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Jan 6, 2013 11:00pm PST
pelosi makes a visit to the bay area. tonight, her advice for president obama as the debt ceiling looms overhead. >>> a and the rain has moved on but now clearing skies leading to chilly temperatures around the bay area right now. already down to 34 degrees. the thing that will slow your morning commute, likely to be fog down to a quarter mile in spots. coming up in a forecast, both warm and cold for the bay area. the details coming up when we come right back. >>> another budget battle is shaping up in washington. this one over rizing the debt ceiling. republicans will not agree on taking on more debt without cuts on medicare, medicaid, and other social services. >> i think tax reform ought to be revenue neutral as it was back in the reagan years. we resolved that issue. with don't have this problem because we tax too little. we have it because we spend way, way too much. we settle the tax issue. the question is now can we address the single biggest threat to america's future. that's our excessive spending. >> some say this stand-up could be worse than the fiscal cliff fight. house mino
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Jan 9, 2013 5:30pm PST
carolina republican congressman jeff duncan released a statement sharply challenging the obama white house. the founding fathers never envisioned executive orders being used to restrict our constitutional rights. we live in a republic, not a dictatorship. the president has called for reinstating a ban on assault weapons, and limiting high-capacity magazines. polls show the nation is evenly divided on the issue of new gun laws. at the state capitol in denver, colorado today, gun rights supporters rallied outside, while lawmakers debated on assault weapons bans inside. and in new york, governor andrew cuomo proposed a stricter assault weapons ban during his state of the state address. >> no one hunts with an assault rifle! no one needs ten bullets to kill a deer! and too many innocent people have died already! >> reporter: new jersey governor chris christie featured on the cover of "time" this week told matt lauer this morning, a broader approach is needed. >> why do we have such a stigma about mental illness treatment, why aren't we dealing with substance abuse treatment. >> reporter:
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Jan 6, 2013 5:00pm PST
looked at carefully. >> tweaks to the tax code could save money. president obama says he's willing to consider spending cuts separately, but will not bargain over the government's bargaining authorities. >>> so syria now, where the president outlined a road map for peace today, as fighting in the country continued. the u.n. says more than 60,000 people have been killed since the crisis began march 2011. stephanie gosk has more. >> syrian president bashar al assad addressed his country for the first time since june. he's very rarely seen in public. he was greeted by a packed and boifterrous oust tore yum. he blamed the crisis in syria on terrorists, including al qaeda and the countries that continue to fund them. there was little to no mention of the syrians themselves and have picked up arms against the government. assad also proposed a new political initiative that would include a new government a new constitution, and amnesty. he said he would not go forward until the foreign funding of the rebels came to an ened. the european union responded quickly and said, no political solution
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Jan 5, 2013 5:00am PST
that. >>> plus, he's in hawaii now, but president obama is leaving paradise today, headed back to another paradise known as washington where some big fights are coming. ahead, we'll look at the battles the president will face in 2013 and what they mean for you. >>> plus, you've probably seen people sneezing, sniffling, and coughing all around you. the flu season is off to the strongest start in a decade. we'll tell you what you can do that might lower your risk of getting it. and speaking of staying healthy, i recently sat down with dr. mehmet oz to talk starting the year off by making resolutions you can actually keep. and you saw a little bit, he introduced me to the famous green drink. >> he's a big fan of that. >> doesn't look great. >> it tastes pretty good. >> we'll find out. >>> later, controversy surrounding the movie "zero dark thirty," about the raid that killed osama bin laden. lawmakers want to know if the cia misled the filmmakers about what really happened in the hunt for the terror leader. >>> we want to get started this morning with lance armstrong and reports that
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Jan 6, 2013 6:00pm PST
president obama as the debt ceiling looms overhead. >>> also -- >> we drove several extra blocks that way to try to find parking. didn't have a meter. it's definitely a hardship. >> and it is day one of new parking rules in one bay area city, and drivers are already feeling very frustrated. we'll explain. >>> and see things switching up in the weather forecast right now too. right now clearing skies, 40s and some low 50s out there as the showers leave the bay area for now. the seven-day forecast is going to go on a roller coaster ride from warming to big-time cooling. we'll show you that when we come right back. (woman) 3 days of walking to give a break cancer survivor a lifetime-- that's definitely a fair trade. whoo! you walk with friends, you meet new friends, and you keep those friendships. it was such a beautiful experience. (jessica lee) ♪ and it's beautiful ♪ undeniable (woman) why walk 60 miles in the boldest breast cancer event in history? because everyone deserves a lifetime. visit the3day.org to register or to request more information and receive a free 3-day bracelet t
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Jan 12, 2013 5:00am PST
latest forecast. erica? >> dylan, thank you. >>> president obama's inauguration is little more than a week away, but he is already working on two priorities for his second term. gun control and afghanistan. nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker has more. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: erica, good morning to you. president obama doesn't have any events on his schedule today, but next week he will undoubtedly revisit the issue of gun safety as well as continue to fill out key posts in his administration. this after a week that ended with a focus on foreign policy. with america's longest war ongoing -- >> mr. president, welcome. >> reporter: -- president obama and afghan president hamid karzai met at the white house on friday and announced an agreement to speed up the handover of combat forces from u.s. to afghan troops, a deadline initially set for this summer, now moved to the spring. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission, training, advising, assisting afghan forces. it will be an historic moment. >> reporter: but the larger question was unansw
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Jan 10, 2013 6:00am PST
this morning over president obama's potential nominee for secretary of treasury. we'll tell you why coming up in business news. >>> a live look. this is a bus crash on highway in new jersey. obviously the chopper is on scene. somebody getting air lifted because of this accident. it's a school bus, a commuter bus. we are just hearing from our affiliate there in new york that no schoolchildren were actually on that school bus at this time. of course there are injuries to reports. we'll stay on the story and bring you the latest at 6:41. good morning! wow. want to start the day with something heart healthy and delicious? you're a talking bee... honey nut cheerios has whole grain oats that can help lower cholesterol. and it tastes good? sure does! right... ♪ wow. delicious, right? yeah. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... ♪ well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. >>> we are keeping our eye on this story that's unfolding on highway in new jersey giving you a live look at the chopper that's on scene. it is air lifting somebody from the site of a
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Jan 10, 2013 7:00am PST
association. this as the obama administration looks to curb gun violence after the wake of the deadly school shooting in connecticut. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. the vice president's gun violence task force has a full day of meetings scheduled, bringing in hunters, members of gun rights groups, also members of the entertainment industry, but the day may be highlighted by the afternoon session that's going to include the nra. the white house trying to keep the gun safety debate in america's sights, today hosting the nra. one of the country's most powerful lobbying groups that's long opposed many of the very proposals the white house is now considering. >> the president and i are determined to take action. we're reaching out to all parties. >> i was one of the few survivors in the virginia tech shooting. >> colin goddard, with three bullets still in his body, is featured in the documentary "living for 32." >> people tell me that god was looking out for me that day, that's why i'm here. i just got lucky. >> reporter: now an antigun violence advoca
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Jan 5, 2013 11:00pm PST
courtroom. not on the internet. brian moore, nbc news. >>> president obama heads back to washington tomorrow after vacationing with his family in hawaii. one of his priorities is to get congress to lift the federal debt ceiling. in his weekly address, he said he will not compromise on the issues. >> if congress refuses to give the united states the ability to pay its bills online interesting consequences for the entire global economy could be catastrophic. last time congress threatened this course of action, our entire economy suffered for it. our families and our businesses cannot afford that dangerous game again. >> the nation's credit rating was downgraded the last time lawmakers threatened inaction on the debt ceiling in 2011. >>> a whale of a price for a high quality tuna. a bluefin tuna was sold for the egive lenl of $1.7 million in auction in tokyo. the major of the sushi chain was the buyer. he said although the fish was of the highest quality and color, he was surprised at that high purchase price. the fish has already been shipped to the sushi chain where a few lucky custo
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Jan 11, 2013 11:00am PST
very much, everybody. >> president obama in the east room with afghan president, hamid karzai, as they conclude their press conference, after a long meeting, the two had their ninth summit meeting over the course of this war and the president's first term, most notable out of those comments, the president saying that this war will come in his words, to a responsible end by the end of next year. but this spring, the u.s. role will notably change, with a different mings that afghan forces will be in the lead, no longer u.s. forces. as our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski reminds me, they will still very much be in harm's way in afghanistan and the contentious question of how many troops wil be left behind by the united states after 2014 is still very much the subject of negotiations, more on all of this tonight, on nbc nightly news with brian williams and on "meet the press" on sunday, my guest, colin powell talking about the war and other foreign policy issues on the president's second term. until then, have a good afternoon, i'm david gregory in washington. >>> it has been
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Jan 7, 2013 12:30am PST
government, president obama signed a compromise bill avoiding the fiscal cliff. it makes the bush era tax cuts permanent except for individualses with incomes over $400,000. it also extends jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, allows the payroll tax holiday to expire which, by the way, raises social security taxes by 2% for everybody. the measure increases taxes on capital gains and dividends to 20% to those making other than $400,000. reaction from business was fierce. >> it's amazing how the politicians on both sides of the aisle were talking about how the bill to address the fiscal cliff needed to be balanced, and what came out couldn't have been more imbalanced by definition but nothing but tax increases. >> we have to get something within a couple of months because all we did was push the cataclysm out a couple of months before we have to address the issues again. >> i'm encouraged in one sense, in that at least the vast majority of american taxpayers will know what their rates will be and there's not that much of an increase. >> the markets were happy with the deal, ki
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Jan 6, 2013 9:00am PST
. but in fact, reddit is so big, president obama is a reddit user. the site, part of the conde naft publishing empire. one posting a down on his luck musician, holding an appeal for help inspired reddit users to take action. they're raising funds to help blues man lester chambers who said he was cheated by the record companies go back into the studio to record a new album. ♪ >> the driving force behind that effort is reddit cofounder alexis ohanian. an outspoken critic. business insider called him one of the superheroes of the internet. all of a sudden, i see reddit everywhere. the growth kev must be tremendous four. >> it has been pretty significant. but it hasn't been that sort of hockey stick growth. it's been really steady. it grows every week. >> it's not brand-new. a lot of people think it is. >> that was a big day for us. you notice all of the people just now learning about it, are probably getting a lot less productive. we have been around slowly eating away at the whole world. >> that control situation, was there a lot of backlash because of that? >> you know, not a lot i
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Jan 7, 2013 6:00pm PST
bobby rapid. he faces the death penalty. >>> president obama appears ready for battle after appointing a republican to be the next defense secretary. the president has nominated former republican senator chuck hagel l. ironically the biggest opposition may come from hagel's own party. several republicans are attacking hagel for criticizing the iraq war, opposing sanctions against iran and making comments that some describe as being anti-israeli. the entire defense secretary leon panetta has praised him as a decorated war veteran who was well qualified for the defense job. >> secretary of state hillary clinton returned to the state department today. it's her first time back at work since early last month. that's when she suffered a concussion and ultimately a blood clot in her head that required hospitalization. clinton will leave her post after president obama's inauguration later this month. the president has nominated senator john kerry to replace her. >>> still ahead, how could it happen? the investigative unit asks why a south bay school district violated federal law int
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Jan 9, 2013 5:00am PST
. a new tv show is catching the eye of the commander in chief. today president obama will hold a private screening of nbc's "1600 penn." it was cocreated by the president's former speech writer, john lovitt. you can see the first episode tomorrow at 8:30 on nbc bay area. a new episode will air in the regular time slot at 9:30. >> mark your calendars. 5 a:57 now. ahead, the latest on injured giants fan brian stowe. >> and how facebook is helping you track down the person who gave you the flu. [ mom ] dear chex cereal, i just had to write. you can't imagine how long i've been searching for something like this for my family. i'm amazed you make so many great flavors that are gluten free. my guys are crazy for chocolate chex and honey nut chex. for me, it's cinnamon. it means a lot to be able to give them something that's good for them, that also puts smiles on their faces. 'cause i really love those smiles. we're the harris family. and we love chex. [ male announcer ] love chex? connect with us on facebook. >>> a nightmare for dream liner. why problems on the tarmac could affect a n
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Jan 4, 2013 6:00am PST
bite out of california's budget. the deal signed by president obama on wednesday won't let states keep a portion of revenue from the federal estate tax. california has not received any revenue from that tax since 2004 but the brown administration included it any way when coming up with the state's current budget plan. officials had estimated receiving $335 million from that tax over the next year and a half. a spokesman for brown's administration telling "the l.a. times" they already figured out a way to get by without all that money but he did not offer any specifics. the governor is expected to unveil the new budget proposal starting next week. >>> the huge fire at chevron's richmond oil refinery may have been ignited by firefighters. chevron firefighters responded to reports of a small leak in the 40-year-old pipe. photos from the investigation are showing something unexpected where the pipe had failed. the line appears to have been punctured from the outside. investigators say the damage could have happened accidentally as the insulation was being torn away. >> sure we'll hear more
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Jan 7, 2013 2:00am PST
new congress. washington is getting back to work as president obama ended his hawaii vacation and members of the 113th congress were sworn in earlier this week alongside their families. spirits high, but the battle lines for the tough fights ahead are already being drawn. chief among them whether congress will vote to raise the country's debt ceiling. shortly after lawmakers reached a down to the wire deal on taxes to pull the country back from the fiscal cliff earlier this week, the president tried to preempt the debt limit showdown by firing a warning shot at republicans. he reiterated that call yesterday. >> one thing i will not compromise over is whether congress should pay the tab for a bill already racked up. the congress refuses to give the united states the ability to pay its bills on time, the results for the global economy could be catastrophic. >> congress has vowed to use the upcoming votes to get more spending cuts to entitlement programs like medicare. some are threatening a government shutdown. in a moment, we'll talk to alan simpson and erskine bowles about where t
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Jan 7, 2013 3:00am PST
about president obama. the president's going to be president. the house ought to worry about being the house. senate republicans ought to worry about being senate republicans. let the president deal with reality from their side. the house has no obligation to pass a cr -- the continuing resolution on the president's terms. it has no obligation to pass a sequester of the president's terms. i think those are both much better fights than, say, a debt ceiling. the debt ceiling guarantees a crisis. it guarantees that the markets will all cave in on the republicans. and the republicans in the end will give up. >> let me get a break, ej, and we'll come back with you. i want to talk about the strategy, whether there's a government shutdown in the future, as well as what this fight means to the president's second term and his agenda -- fight means to the president's second term and his agenda -- guns, immigration, other at a dry cleaner, fight means to the president's secowe replaced peopleenda -- gunswith a machine.other what? customers didn't like it. so why do banks do it? hello? hello?! if
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Jan 8, 2013 5:30pm PST
this happen in the era of the so-called affordable care act, better known as obama care. we get an explanation here tonight from nbc's lisa myers. >> reporter: as a pediatrician, dr. jan mayzell knows all about rising medical costs but she was stunned to discover the cost of her own health insurance is going up a whopping 25% this year. >> i'm impacting my ability to retire because i'm depleting my savings to keep this health insurance. >> reporter: some insurance companies in california including anthem blue cross, aetna and blue shield of california are proposing rate increases of 20% or more for some individual customers. today the california insurance commissioner deemed one proposed group increase unreasonable and accused companies are trying to maximize profits. >> it's a disaster. it explains why we have 6 million to 7 million californians who simply can't afford health insurance and it's not going to get any better. >> reporter: and it's not just california. in florida and ohio, insurers have instituted double-digit rate increases. new york, which unlike california has powe
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Jan 11, 2013 5:30pm PST
. troops arrived on the ground in afghanistan. today that nation's president joined president obama to discuss how we get out and when. our chief white house correspondent, kristen welker, was there and is with us tonight. kristen, good evening. >> brian, good evening. it's no secret the relationship between presidents obama and karzai has been tense, but today the leaders announced they had reached some common ground while also acknowledging the end game remains unclear. president obama and afghan president hamid karzai announced a somewhat accelerated time line for u.s. troops to transfer control to the afghan forces, initially slated to occur this summer. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. training, advising, assisting afghan forces. >> reporter: the president delivered a blunt assessment of the mission. for the 66,000 americans who will still provide logistic support, transportation, and air cover. >> that doesn't mean that coalition forces, including u.s. forces, are no longer fighting. they will still be fighting alongside afghan troops. >> reporte
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Jan 8, 2013 12:35am PST
democratic congressman just introduced a new bill that would let president obama run for a third term. [ cheers and applause ] even president obama was like, "hey, buddy." [ laughter ] anyway. speaking of obama, the white house announced that at&t will sponsor president obama's second inauguration. it's gonna be great. it's like -- [ as obama ] "my fellow americans. you're breaking up. are you in a tunnel? [ laughter ] are you in a tunnel?" this is a big story, here. tmz has posted pictures of justin bieber smoking weed at a party last week. [ audience ohs ] [ cheers and applause ] it is pretty embarrassing. it's pretty embarrassing. weed was like, "yeah, i don't normally do this. [ laughter ] i won't do this again. i won't do this again." >> steve: come on, weed! >> jimmy: some sports news. lance armstrong's lawyer is denying reports that he will admit to using performance enhancing drugs. yup. that lance has been very consistent about his intentions to just keep lying. [ laughter ] [ applause ] i don't want to -- i don't want to push it. check this out, you guys. the ceo of hulu jus
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